08-01-2003, 03:06 AM
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Join Date: Dec 1969
Location: Waimauku, Auckland
| | Declaration of Comformity
What this means is, talking from experience as I work for a vendor/supplier, that even though the frequency band in NZ is "Free", any equipment that uses it must have a "Declaration of Comformity" before it can be "used"in NZ. Note "used" not sold!
It is the responsibility of who ever brings it into the country to obtain this. So generally if a Vendor has a direct presence in the country ie Nortel, Netgear, Cisco, Dlink etc they will submit the gear to the Ministry of Commerce for approval. Then all gear imported by their distributors will have a label on it identify it as approved. Hence you find that there is a ANZ version using ETSI standards of each product. The US versions use FCC standards and are not compliant. Euorpe is close to ANZ, Japan uses less channels etc etc.
If there is only an importer, it is their responsability to obtain a Declaration of Conformity.
So what does this all mean.
The products from major vendors when brought from their reconginsed resellers in NZ will probally be ok.
Grey marketed product brought in from off shore, ie a Joejoes AP brought on Ebay from the US. Probally no compliance. If the model is also sold in NZ, and has NZ conformance the US model is probally US FCC. The declaration of confirmance only applies to the specific NZ model.
Guys who bring in container loads of what evers cheapast from Asia, Probally no compliance.
So you say why worry, will if no one complains, it'll "probally" not be noticed. How ever espically in the 5.7G band where Fixed point Wireless exists, I'd say go careful. This is a band where you are going to see more commercial use of this frequncy, and any commercial minded operator will not want un-certified gear in the band and want as much for themselves as possible, so an easy target is close down APs using non compilant gear.
Now from what I know the Fixed point wireless referred to in the earlier posts is different gear from 802.11a.
Confused, yeah I am.